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Traditional Irish Brandy Butter

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You can't have mince pies or Christmas pudding without a healthy dollop of my Traditional Irish Brandy Butter recipe!
A jar of brandy butter ready for mice pies.

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Hi Bold Bakers!

It isn’t Christmas without homemade brandy butter! In Ireland, you can’t have mince pies or Christmas pudding without a healthy dollop of Traditional Irish Brandy Butter — and I hope it will become a holiday staple in your home too! 

It’s made of just three ingredients (one being brandy, of course), and while it is a simple side, it really adds so much to a great dessert. 

Use it as you would a side of whipped cream. It is the perfect light addition to a decadent dessert! (And the extra hit of booze doesn’t hurt either!) 

A jar of my freshly made Irish Brandy Butter recipe.

What is Brandy Butter?

Brandy butter is a traditional side to holiday desserts like Christmas pudding and mince pies, and can be bought from the store in Europe or homemade! 

It is usually sold cold with hotter desserts and serves as an alternative to cream, custard, or ice cream. 

It is made of only three ingredients: butter, powdered sugar, and brandy, and its texture feels like whipped butter.

What You Need To Make Brandy Butter

How To Make Brandy Butter

With just a few ingredients and limited equipment, you can whip up this topping in no time! Here’s how you make it (and don’t forget to get the full recipe with measurements, on the page down below):

  1. Beat the butter in a large baking bowl with an electric hand whisk until it is light and creamy.
  2. Add in the sugar and beat again until it’s incorporated.
  3. Add in the brandy to taste and stir. If you add too much brandy, or if the mixture curdles, add more powdered sugar until the mixture binds back together.

Gemma’s Pro Chef Tips For Making Brandy Butter

  • I love to use salted butter. It gives it a lot of extra flavor!
  • You’ll want to be sure that your butter has been out at room temperature for a few hours, so it is soft and perfect for whipping. 
  • No electric mixer? No worries! You can whip this recipe up easily by hand!
  • You can make this weeks in advance, so you have it ready to go in the fridge for Christmas.

A mince pie with a dollop of brandy butter on top!

How Do I Store Brandy Butter?

Making this sweet topping in advance for the holidays and parties is a fantastic idea because it keeps so well in the fridge! You can cover and store it in the refrigerator for up to 8 weeks. 

Make More Holiday Recipes!

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Full (and printable) recipe below!

Old Fashioned Brandy Butter Recipe

4.91 from 10 votes
You can't have mince pies or Christmas pudding without a healthy dollop of my Old-Fashioned Brandy Butter recipe!
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 1 cup
Prep Time 15 mins
You can't have mince pies or Christmas pudding without a healthy dollop of my Old-Fashioned Brandy Butter recipe!
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 1 cup

Ingredients

  • 1 stick (4oz/115g) butter softened
  • 2 cups (8oz/225g) powdered sugar sifted
  • 4-5 tablespoons brandy

Instructions

  • Place the butter in a large baking bowl. Beat with an electric hand whisk until light and creamy.
  • Add the sugar and beat again until it's all incorporated.
  • Add the brandy to taste and stir well. If you add too much brandy. (If the mixture curdles. If it does, add more powdered sugar until the mixture binds back together).
  • Spoon the butter into a serving dish or jar, cover, and store in the fridge for up to 8 weeks. Serve with my mince pies.
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Christine
Christine
1 year ago

What kind off brandy?

Mike
Mike
8 months ago

I’m going to also try this with cognac.

Wendy
Wendy
1 year ago

What kinda Brandy? Brandy comes in so many different kinds. Which one do you like? Also on stand mixer would you use paddle attachment or whisk attachment!
This question is for brandy butter

Season
Season
1 month ago

We don’t use alcohol. Could you make this with an extract for flavor instead? If so, any idea what that measurement would be? That many tbsp of vanilla or almond would be over powering, I would think. Thank you!

Audrey Isabella
Audrey Isabella
5 months ago

I make it with a smoky, peaty whisky 😋

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